So we just got back from our weekend trip to visit best friends in GA. I have a TON of things I'd like to blog about, but I just can't wait to post the mixed media piece I did with my friend. I have had a "phobia" about working with clay due to recent attempts that resulted in utter failure. My friend, however, makes wonderful things with clay, so this weekend she taught me a little about working with polymer clay.
The whole process started with a lump of polymer clay (white) which we ran through a pasta machine and then shaped into a heart form. Once that was done a vintage-style lock was pressed into the clay and rubber stamps were used to give it some texture. We also coiled some wire and placed that into the soft clay to form a mechanism for attachment.
The next step was to gesso the heart and cover the frame with crackle and silver topcoat. Then once the heart was dry, I painted it a crimson red with silver dry-brush accent.
Then it was time to assemble. I chose a red ribbon from my friend's supplies, and decided on eye hooks to insert into the frame and tie the ribbon onto. Also, the middle silver insert was cut to size and inserted easily into the center of the frame.
With all that in mind, here's how it turned out:
I enjoyed making this for so many reasons: I got to work side by side with my best friend, I learned a little about clay and may be brave enough to try it on my own now, this piece was one of those rare ones that told me its story as it went along, and plus I got to use flechette rounds, LOL (that's what the arrow things are....). It's also one of the rare pieces that I truly felt was done when I got finished.
More about my wonderful weekend later, I'm all tired out now and need to go to sleep. :)